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Jun 12, 2011 10:37 AM

Missing Portugal in Montreal.....groceries, coffee shop, restos

Hello all,
Just back from wonderful tastes in Portugal. Looking for grocery stores, coffee shops, and restos that will let me continue taste bud flow.......cheese from Alentejo an important gap....

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  1. Portuguese food is very well covered on this board -- a search will give you plenty of ideas for restos, though pretty heavily slanted to grilled chicken (describing both the discussion and the local restos).

    For coffee shops, there are a couple on Duluth within a few blocks east of St-Laurent. Some of the restos also have a small bar area that might fit that part of your quest (Casa Minhota comes to mind).

    For cheese, try Marché SA, at St-Urban and Villeneuve.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Mr F

      Thx.....SA is great, and specialises in cheese from Les Acores (Azores)

      1. re: CMT

        As I understand it, most Portuguese Montrealers have roots in the Azores.

      1. re: kpaxonite

        There are a number of Portuguese family-run bakeries, butchers, and food stores along St-Laurent between Duluth and Villeneuve (as well as on Duluth and Rachel in the same area.)

        1. re: Daiya

          Mr. F mentioned that Portuguese is very well-covered elsewhere but I wanted to pipe in anyway and say that Restaurant Jano is one of my all-time favourites--and I go there at least once or twice every couple of months and the service is great and quality and portions have been the same for years. Sometimes there's a wait but always worth it. Sharing a mixed grilled 5-meat platter is a good idea. Also, just as a point of trivia, sometimes the Santra Cruz church on Rachel ( has rummage sales/events in the summers (to raise money for the church, I imagine). I walked past one of their summer bazaars and was happy to find out that local Portuguese families sell food at these events, including some of the best caldo verde (2 dollars?) I have ever had anywhere and fresh bread, as well as desserts although I can't remember what I had--think it was a Belem tart. The women working the kitchen even insisted that we sit down and serve us! If you're walking by on a summer weekend on one of their festival dates, so worth stopping in for authentic Portuguese snack!

          Restaurant Jano
          3883 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W1X9, CA